You have those who LOVE office parties; they can’t get enough of socializing with the people they work with all day. Others genuinely care about the people we work with, but at the end of the work day they want nothing to do with work whatsoever. Then you have the shy, private person, or one with social anxiety where a company BBQ or social event is a nightmare.
Going to an office party is something we “have” to do, a duty or chore. We make an appearance for the sake of office politics. What happened to having fun and going with the flow. It should not be a chore, or create anxiety. Those who put on the company BBQ or social events are trying to help co-workers enjoy work more and create a friendly environment. Let's face it, we are with our co-workers more than we are with our family--Don't you want to have fun and get to know your co-workers!? So when you see the email in your inbox, Company BBQ/Social Event. Respond and say you can go; you will not regret it and make the most of it.
Some simple tips:
- Help out. If it’s a non-catered affair, offer to help set up, serve beverages, clean up. If it’s a catered party, offer to hand out name-tags, compose the invitations, do the decorations, get involved in the organization, make phone calls, etc.
- If the event is not at the office: Invite one or more people to travel to and/or from the event with you. Offer to pick them up and/or take them home if you’re driving.
- Ask if pets are allowed. Bring your dog, parrot, or chameleon.
- If you’re brave, wear a truly ridiculous mask and/or a costume. Walk in and say, “Hey, who sent me that email saying this was a costume BBQ?”
- Remember to have fun!